Stress Reduction

  • Stressed out and overwhelmed?
  • Feel like life is whizzing past you?
  • Living with chronic pain or illness, depression, anxiety, or other medical conditions?

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) helps you find your natural capacity for ease and confidence.

Based on Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering work in mind-body medicine, this program introduces you to the practice of mindfulness as the way to a more fulfilling life.

upcoming class scheduleWhat is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?

In this eight-week face-to-face program, you’ll learn how to develop the life skill of mindfulness. It’s your natural human capacity to pay wise attention to your moment-by-moment experience. It helps you become clearer and more focused – and better able to respond creatively to whatever life throws your way.

The MBSR program centers on the ancient practice of meditation, presented in a pragmatic, common sense way. You’ll learn how to build up your inner resources for healing and growing — so you can start taking charge of your life.

MBSR was created by Dr. Kabat-Zinn (at the UMass Medical Center’s Stress Reduction Clinic), and is also the subject of his book, Full Catastrophe Living.

The program is challenging and life-affirming. And it’s an investment in your life. What could be more important?

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What you’ll gain

In numerous published studies on MBSR, the majority of participants report:

  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms
  • An increased ability to relax
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Improved self-esteem
  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long-term stress.

Over 30 years of extensive clinical research indicates that mindfulness and the MBSR course bring about lasting, positive change.

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About the program

The program consists of eight weekly in-person classes (2.5 hours each) and one all-day session on a weekend day.

It includes:

  • Experiential learning of mindfulness meditation
  • Gentle stretching and mindful movements to release muscular tension
  • Simple methods for bringing awareness and ease into daily life
  • Group discussions focusing on increasing awareness in everyday situations
  • Weekly take-home practices (with MP3 guided audios) to reinforce new habits

To gain the full benefits of this program, I ask you to commit to attending all classes and practicing 30-45 minutes daily for the full eight weeks.